The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 449-470

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The reverse wage gap among educated White and Black women

  • Jonathan D. FisherAffiliated withNew York Census Research Data Center Email author 
  • , Christina A. HouseworthAffiliated withLitigation Analytics, Inc.

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Using the 2004 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses and the 2004–2005 American Community Surveys, we estimate the Black–White wage gap among females with at least some college education. We find that Black female nurses earn 9% more at the mean and median than White female nurses, controlling for selection into nursing employment. Among K-12 teachers, Black females earn 7% more than White females at the median. There is no Black–White wage gap among all women with a bachelor’s degree. Differences in opportunities for education and marriage between White and Black women may explain why highly educated Black females earn on par with highly educated White females.


Human capital Differential demand and supply for schooling Wage gaps